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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been sentenced to life without parole in the 2014 slaying of three men.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that 23-year-old Derek Morse was sentenced on Wednesday in Hamilton County court after being convicted on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder. He has yet to be sentenced on the attempted murder charge.

Jurors denied Morse the possibility of parole after determining the April 9, 2014 killings of Caleb Boozer, John Lang and Jon Morris constituted mass murder and especially heinous behavior.

Defense attorney Dan Ripper cited Morse’s troubled childhood and 19-year-old age at the time of the crimes to argue for the possibility of redemption.

Co-defendants Skyler Allen and Jacob Allison are awaiting trial and have court dates in October.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press,